2009 (9 Fire Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

March 7 NASA's Kepler Mission, a space observatory that has successfully verified over a thousand new extrasolar planets, was launched.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[fortunate outcomes]

April 5 North Korea launches a rocket, which it says is carrying the Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
[newsworthy / record breaking]

April 6 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing nearly 300 and injuring more than 1,500.
[chaotic]
[expansive / explosive]

April 21 UNESCO launches The World Digital Library, to promote international and intercultural understanding.
[illumination / exposure]
[expansive]

June 11 The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as "swine flu", is deemed a global pandemic.
[expansive]

July 22 The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

July 26 The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram ignites an uprising in Bauchi State, Nigeria and quickly spreads throughout the northern part of the country.
[expansive / explosive]

September 9 Joe Wilson (R- South Carolina) shouts "You lie!" at President Barack Obama while Obama addresses a joint session of Congress to outline his proposal for reforming health care.
[expansive / explosive]

October 1 Paleontologists announce the discovery of an Ardipithecus ramidus fossil skeleton, the oldest remains of a human ancestor yet found.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

November 3 The Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, is designated the first permanent President of the European Council (beginning December 1).
[notable observation]

November 20 CERN restarts the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland. They had shut it down in a 1 Water Month / 1 Water Year (September, 2008).
[notable observation]
[fortunate outcomes]

January 4, 2010 The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]